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Guyandotte Mountain

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Guyandotte's highest point, Ivy Knob, elev. 3,620 ft.

Guyandotte Mountain, in Raleigh County, south and west of Beckley, WV, divides the waters of the New River and Guyandotte River over a distance of more than 30 miles. Many summits along the mountain exceed elevations of more than 3,000 feet above sea level. At its southernmost extent, the mountain is inconspicuous among the many ridges that extend north from the highlands of Flat Top Mountain. As it proceeds to the northwest it retains and increases in elevation while surrounding valleys grow deeper. At its northwest extent, the mountain is the dominant feature in the region's landscape, towering as much as 2,000 feet above the lowlands to the northwest along the Coal River. The mountain takes its name from the Guyandotte River. It is one of the highest ridges of the Cumberland Mountains in southern West Virginia and is one of the Appalachian Mountains.

Historic Ivy Knob Lookout

The dividing range between several watersheds, parts of the mountain are also named otherwise by local residents who must travel across its backbone at diverse points. The mountain is also known as Kopperston Mountain in northern Wyoming County near the town of Kopperston. It is known as Bolt Mountain near Skinned Poplar Gap at the community of Bolt in western Raleigh County. It is also known as Tams Mountain near Sophia, WV, in central Raleigh County. Two important fire-towers remain standing on the mountain to its northwest and southeast. The Ivy Knob Fire Tower, in the northwest, caps the highest knob on Guyandotte, Ivy Knob (elev. 3,620 ft.). The Tam's Mountain Firetower (map) caps a local knob along the backbone near Sophia, WV. Other important landforms on the mountain, from southeast to northwest, include Jenny Gap, Skinned-Poplar Gap, Clear Fork Gap, Ivy Knob (elev. 3,620 ft.), Pilot Knob (elev. 3,360 ft.), Indian Gap, and Hazy Gap. At its northwestern extent, the mountain divides into Buffalo Mountain and Cherry Pond Mountain.


Gazetteer Information for Guyandotte Mountain